Politics in Canada


Rally this Friday: Repeal Bill 115 and re-open Parliament!

Nov 2, 2012
Margarett Best's office
4117 Lawrence Ave East (East of Galloway Rd)
Toronto , ON
43° 45' 33.0408" N, 79° 11' 36.5208" W
Ontario CA
Toronto and York Region Labour Council will be joining education workers outside the office of Liberal MP Margarett Best to protest against Bill 115.
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Harper's tax increase that, can be as much as 10% and targets unionized workers

Now you would think I am making this up because the media is not discussing it. I am not making it up. I will provide the links and information below since so you don't have to take my word for it:

The media is covering how many hidden things are in the budget but are missing this one:

22 changes in the budget bill fine print 457-page omnibus budget implementation bill amends 64 different Acts or regulations


But no mention of a tax increase there.

This tax increase is the decision to make extended group health contributions taxable by the employees as they never were before.

This is how it is today:

From the CRA Employer tax guide:

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Bullet points for electoral coalition. If you support cooperation, do these speak for you?

A message to Canada's progressive leaders from ordinary progressive canadians.



We Propose, Given:


  1. The current Conservative Government holds power primarily due to “vote splitting;” a peculiarity of the current “first-past-the-post” electoral system. 


  2. The core values of social justice, environmental sustainability and sound fiscal management are shared by Canada's three federalist progressive parties.


  3. The strong acrimony felt by many organizers in each progressive party for the other progressive parties is not shared by the majority of progressive voters. 


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Idea: Jobs for graduates

An idea occurred to me. I've posted it under "Labour" as it's the closest relevant category other than politics.

I was having a chat with a fellow former graduate student and we were talking about how academia often doesn't give students an opportunity to discover what they can do if they don't stay in academia. So we finish postgrad education and then end up at square one in the job market, anywhere from 25-40 years old having never really held down a full-time job.

I am now employed full-time, but a few things stood out to me during the months that I was making use of career counselling:


Fifth International Che Guevara Conference

Nov 5, 2012 to Nov 6, 2012
Various , BC
British Columbia CA
Featuring: DR. ALEIDA GUEVARA - Cuban revolutionary leader, a pediatrician, prominent writer, author of the book, “Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America.”

Reimagine CBC: The Final Reveal

Oct 23, 2012 to Oct 24, 2012
Revival Bar
783 College Street Livestream and interactive chat also available: http://www.livestream.com/reimaginecbc
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 17.334" N, 79° 25' 12.0396" W
Ontario CA
Join us at Revival Bar from 7-10 p.m. for a night of comedy, music, and scintillating dialogue with expert panelists as we present *your* recommendations for the CBC.

The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy Edmonton Book Launch

Nov 1, 2012 to Nov 2, 2012
Telus Building Room 134
87 Avenue and 111 Street, U of A Campus
Edmonton , AB
53° 30' 53.46" N, 113° 30' 59.8788" W
Alberta CA
The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy documents the sordid story of the Canadian government’s sabotage of international environmental efforts...
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What if the black bloc have the right idea?

The more I see the failure of the left to change our society and the more I see the destruction caused by conservatives the more I really start to wonder when (and if) the left will ever take control.

At what point do we force our hand?

This is a serious post, despite lots of talk from the left, we arent effecting much change, sure we have official opposition but harper went from a minority to a majority.

Do we have to wait till feudalism sets in completely before we do something? Its doubtful we would have the brains or nerve to stand up even then.

Im not a member of the black bloc but increasingly my thinking is becoming more radical then theirs.


Fighting austerity in Quebec, Ontario and Beyond

Oct 14, 2012
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street W, Room 5-260 (St. George subway)

43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W
Join us in a discussion about right-wing austerity measures, strategies for opposing them, and policies that can curb corporate power and provide a people's recovery.
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Georgia Straight alleges VANOC CEO John Furlong abused Aboriginal high school students

Earlier today, Vancouver free weekly The Georgia Straight published allegations that VANOC CEO, Chairperson of Own the Podium and Executive Chair of the Vancouver Whitecaps John Furlong (O.C., O.B.C.), misreported details in his recent autobiography Patriot Hearts of his original entry into Canada. Specifically, Furlong did not enter Canada in 1974, but in 1969 as an Oblate Frontier Apostle missionary. 

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Desmond Tutu joins the call to stop deportation of war resister Kim Rivera

Desmond Tutu has a powerful op-ed in today's Globe and Mail:

"U.S. soldiers such as Kimberly Rivera, through her own experience in Iraq, came to the conclusion that the invasion had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction. Indeed, the presence of U.S. forces only created immense misery for civilians and soldiers alike.

Those leaders to whom soldiers such as Kimberly Rivera looked for answers failed a supreme moral test. More than 110,000 Iraqis have died in the conflict since 2003, millions have been displaced and nearly 4,500 American soldiers have been killed.

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NORML Canada: Canadian Politicians on Cannabis Policy

September 4th marked the 10-year anniversary of the landmark 2002 "Senate Report on Cannabis" (the cttee members unanimously recommended legaliation) and NORML Canada is commemorating this anniversary with a campaign that includes a new website dedicated to educating Canadians by making the findings in this report easily accessible.

We've also posted a number of statements made by Canadian politicians on cannabis policy and we're looking for your help to add to the collection.  

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Would there be any possible way...

...for the federal Conservatives to be secretly helping fund the Ontario wing of the federal Liberals?

If so, how difficult would it be for them to conceal such assistance?

After all, it's in Harper's interest for the Ontario federal Liberals to remain competitive going into the next election.


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